April 16, 2006
University of New Mexico senior Kristina Schmallen continues her assault on the Lobo softball record book.
UNM's power-hitting second baseman clubbed two homers and knocked in four runs as the Lobos beat Utah 5-2 to earn a split of the Mountain West Conference doubleheader. The Utes took a 5-2 victory in the second game.
New Mexico is now 21-21 overall, 2-8 in the MWC. Utah is 26-13, 5-3 in league play.
The left-handed Schmallen has banged out 12 home runs this season, just one short of Danielle Cassara's school record of 13 set in 1999. Schmallen is also chasing Cassara's season RBI record of 54, also established in 1999. Schmallen has knocked in 48 runs - third-best in program history - and the Lobos still have 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Game 1 - New Mexico 5, Utah 2
In the opener, Utah grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on a run-scoring single by Sharee Fonoti. Schmallen then provided UNM with all the runs it would need in the bottom of the inning. RF Ryanne Hodgins led off with a double and later scored on SS Cassie Chavez's bloop single to right. DH Lindsey Elcess singled and Schmallen followed with a 3-run blast to right, handing the Lobos a 4-1 advantage.
After the Utes scored an unearned run in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2, Schmallen led off with a line drive that easily cleared the rightfield fence.
Freshman Jen Mendenhall improved to 6-9 despite allowing seven hits and walking six. Meghan Dyer (11-5) took the loss for Utah.
The Utes stranded 10 runners, leaving the bases loaded in each of the first two innings. Utah also threatened in the sixth as Meghan Crouse and Jackie Wong led off with singles. However, Diane Phillips popped to SS Cassie Chavez on a botched sacrifice attempt. Jessica Shiery then lined out to CF Jennifer Deitrich, who fired to second to double off Crouse and extinguish the potential rally.
Game 2 - Utah 5, New Mexico 2
Shoddy fielding cost the Lobos in the 5-2 loss. The Utes were the benefactors of four unearned runs courtesy of three UNM errors.
Four hits, a walk and a pair of miscues by UNM 1B Samatha Hughes gave Utah a 4-0 lead after half an inning. The Utes added another unearned run in the fourth on two hits and an error by SS Cassie Chavez.
New Mexico got on the board in the fourth. Elcess and Schmallen started the frame with singles and eventually scored on a two-out single by C Liz Young.
The Lobos had the tying run at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh after Deitrich reached on an error and Chavez was hit in the foot. But Elcess hit a one-hopper to first to end the game.
Katie Gregg (11-6) was the hard-luck loser for the Lobos. Using a superb changeup, Karina Cannon (12-5) limited the Lobos to just six hits to pick up the win for Utah.
UNM closes out its home season next weekend when it hosts UNLV Friday at 1 p.m. and San Diego State Sunday at noon.